I’d like to start this post with a confession:
My name is Andrew Isidoro and I’m a flaky blogger.
Over the past few months I’ve allowed this blog to be a bit slack on the publishing front, yet it’s not for a want of trying. There are over 20 posts in my backlog that I have written as drafts yet none are finished, partly due to an increasingly busy schedule and partly due to my demand of a certain level of “polish” before a post is put live. To remedy this; over the next few months I’ll be taking a much more Agile approach to publishing this blog.
Agile publishing process
Agile isn’t a new idea. The term itself, obviously, comes from the software development industry, which has used agile development models for a several years and it was my time at Box UK that allowed me to picked up elements of an Agile workflow.
In tech, agile development means releasing iterative and incremental versions of a software product or website, getting comments from your customer about that version, learning from that response, and then repeating the process until you reach an improved finished state.
So after some thought I had the following questions:
- Could this approach be applied to writing a blog?
- Can you build a community around an author’s ideas and content?
- Would it make a better blog?
Over the next few weeks my subscribers and other regular readers will notice that, for some blog posts at least, I’ll be trying something new; I’ll be trying to publish early drafts well before the post is in any kind of “finished” state.
I’m trialling this approach with the following hopes:
- I hope this will encourage me to get started on topics which I feel will take some extended writing effort. In the past I have parked such posts and rarely got round to completing them.
- I hope that early publication will encourage readers to comment and feel they can influence the “finished” post.
- I hope it allows a more meaningful connection with people within the digital community; that maybe readers will be more likely to engage with the topic whilst the post remains “rough”, open for discussion and evolution.
This is something that I think could be a new way of forcing me into iterating faster, learning more and communicating more effectively with my peers. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this process and how you think I could